Lessons on Saying No: Why Lisa Kellner Quit Installation Art

Episode 6

1/30/20242 min read

Visual artist Lisa Kellner shares the process behind her unique silk installations and why she stepped away from making them.

In this episode we delve into:
• Lisa’s experiences with the art world and the most difficult decision she had to make to preserve her artistic integrity
• The challenges of creating large scale textile work
• What compelled Kellner to move away from making awe inspiring installations and into deconstructed painting
• Vulnerable moments that became turning points in her life
•Thoughtful advice for fellow artists and why getting what we want may not be what we need after all

Tune in to hear some jaw dropping stories! Food for thought guaranteed – for artists, curators and art lovers alike.

00:00 Lisa’s favourite quote
01:07 Introduction
01:23 Early Life and Travels
02:39 Childhood Interests and Aspirations
05:25 Transitioning from Finance to Art
06:52 The Mural Painting Business
08:11 Master's Degree and Artistic Exploration
10:10 The Shift to Installation Work
12:23 Challenges and Opportunities in Installation Art
14:55 The Evolution of Silk Works
31:43 Perception of Textile Art
34:24 The Tactile Nature of Lisa’s work
35:24 The Challenges of Shipping Art
40:51 About Artists Advocating for Themselves
48:06 The Transition Away from Installation Art
54:22 The Importance of Tenacity
56:56 Current Projects and Future Plans

Lisa Kellner is based in Maine. You can find out more about her past and present work on her website https://www.lisakellner.com/ and follow her on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/lisakellnerstudio/

She is represented by:
Artemis Gallery in Maine: https://www.artemisgalleryme.com/ | https://www.instagram.com/artemisgalleryme/
Artspace in New York: https://www.artspace.com/ | https://www.instagram.com/artspace/
Cambell Collective in South Carolina: https://campbellcollective.co/ | https://www.instagram.com/thecampbellcollective/
Carver Hill Gallery in Maine: https://www.carverhillgallery.com/ | https://instagram.com/carver_hill_gallery/
Liza Pruitt in Virginia: https://www.lizapruitt.com/ | https://www.instagram.com/liza.pruitt/
SJ Art Consulting in Massachusetts: https://sjartconsulting.com/gallery | http://instagram.com/sj_artconsulting
You can buy her art here: https://orange-tambourine-elfl.squarespace.com/available-artwork
Also mentioned in this episode:
Boston University: https://www.bu.edu/
Lesley University: https://lesley.edu/ | https://www.instagram.com/lesleyuniversity/
Washington Project for the Arts: https://wpadc.org/ | https://instagram.com/wpadc/
Transformer DC: https://www.transformerdc.org/ | https://www.instagram.com/transformerdc/?hl=en
Home Depot: http://www.homedepot.com/ | https://www.instagram.com/homedepot
Hey Sailor: https://www.heysailorhey.com/ | http://instagram.com/heysailorhey
Quote by: H. W. L. Poonja, aka Papaji https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._W._L._Poonja

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